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Title:The Political Economy of the Migrant Labour System
Author:Moyana, J. Komba
Year:1976
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Volume:1
Issue:1
Period:May
Pages:34-41
Language:English
Geographic terms:Southern Africa
Mozambique
Subjects:labour migration
centre and periphery
Urbanization and Migration
Labor and Employment
Politics and Government
Economics and Trade
Abstract:The 'centre-periphery' conceptual framework reveals the dynamics of the southern African peripheral development model. One important component is singled out for particular attention: the exportation of cheap unskilled labour from the periphery to the centre of the sub-system. The rationale for the migrant system and its historical evolution from the-turn of the century onwards, are examined. The migrant system has brought growth to the South African economy, and the mining industry in particular, while simultaneously bringing increased dependence, rural destitution, and under-development to neighbouring countries such as Lesotho, Mozambique and Botswana, which constitute the periphery of the sub-system. Notes, table.
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